Curriculum Leader: Mrs Holly Thompson
Intent: It is our aim at Pilgrim Academy to develop the physical, social and mental wellbeing of our children through a broad and well-rounded Physical Education curriculum. As part of a whole school approach, Physical Education intends to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, developing life skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving, which will support them in the future.
Our approach to teaching Physical Education is to develop the progression of skills through the year groups. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities from Early Years Foundation Stage up to Key Stage 2. These learning opportunities encourage students to reach their potential by offering challenging targets and guidance in every lesson. Pupils at Pilgrim Academy participate in two lessons of high-quality Physical Education a week, covering a range of different sports. Pupils in Early Years will start to experiment with different ways of moving; travelling with confidence and negotiating space successfully, showing control when handling objects. Key Stage 1 pupils will build on the skills developed in Early Years and start to incorporate them into more sport-specific situations. As pupils move into Key Stage 2, they will experience more complex skill development, tactical awareness and challenging situations in a variety of activities.
Pupils will cover activity areas such as Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Athletics, and Outdoor and Adventurous activities. Alongside this, pupils will be given the opportunity to attend swimming lessons in year 4 where they are aiming to reach a standard at which they are safe and confident in the water.
In addition to curriculum provision, our intent is to provide children with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, free of charge, enjoyable and increase children's physical activity. Pupils will be given the opportunity to take part in organised competitions as part of the School Sports Partnership and also as part of the Inter house competitions within the academy. Annually, the academy will support national events such as Sport Relief and celebrate sporting events from around the world.
As part of our wider leadership programme and to support these extra-curricular activities, we will teach sports leadership to aspiring KS2 pupils, who in turn will use these skills to assist the Physical Education staff and pupils at these events. Our sporting year culminates in the whole school sports day event for all year groups, celebrating success and achievement, and importantly, effort and participation.
We intend to continue raising the profile of sport and its importance, through celebratory assemblies; stories on the website; images around the academy and through the Year 6 Awards ceremony, where achievement is celebrated, alongside sports leadership.
When our children leave for secondary education, it is our intention that we have produced young people who are physically active, having positive implications for their learning in the classroom. We want our children to understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. All pupils will understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. Our children will understand how to compete with good etiquette, where their sportsmanship is regularly commented on by competing schools. Our children will show valuable sports leadership skills which in turn will be useful for their future. Our aim is for children to enjoy Physical Education and develop a love of sport, and we hope that they pursue sports in future life, when they leave Pilgrim Academy.
In Physical Education, we use Milestones to support the monitoring and tracking of coverage and progression across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, as a guide, in conjunction with our planning, to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the general milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6, which we use when teaching the relevant sports and activities.